US sustainable packaging producer PakTech brings tech to Australia

PakTech, a producer of sustainable secondary packaging solutions, has announced its official launch in Australia, through which its technology, manufacturing and products will enable the food, beverage, and consumer goods industries to respond to the growing ESG pressures and consumer demand for sustainable packaging and practices. 

Having experienced significant organic growth in Australia in recent years, the company said it is now establishing an on-the-ground-presence, with a contract manufacturing facility in Victoria and proprietary partnership with Visy.

Through it, PakTech will be able to tap burgeoning demand and fulfil its vision: made in Australia, recycled in Australia, and repurposed again into new PakTech products in Australia.

Embracing an entirely circular economy model, PakTech is a manufacturer of 100 per cent recycled and recyclable secondary packaging.

Later this year, using its proprietary technology, PakTech will have the capacity to manufacture 100 million recycled injection moulded packaging handles for cans, bottles and other containers, annually within Australia. 

Locally, PakTech’s existing customers include Hawkers Brewery, Billson’s of Beechworth and The Apple Press.

It said its launch in Australia comes as public demand for sustainable packaging and practices skyrockets.

In the US, PakTech counts brewers such as pFriem Brewing, Independence Brewing Co, Sycamore Brewing and CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) companies like Pepsi, KraftHeinz and Johnson & Johnson as customers, and has seen continued strong growth for sustainable multipack products.

PakTech CEO Brandon Rogers said, “Conscious consumerism is flourishing, and pressure from consumers around the world is forcing brands and retailers to rethink their approach to sustainable packaging. Sustainability and the circular economy is no longer a competitive differentiator, it’s an expectation. 

“Australia’s buying habits are very similar to ours in the US. We’ve seen significant organic growth in recent years; and we forecast that will continue in the coming years. Establishing an on-the-ground local footprint in the region is incredibly exciting; not only for PakTech, but for our customers and everyone in Australia who cares about sustainability and our impact on the environment.

“Through our launch in Australia, we’re helping our customers meet not only their customer needs, but also regulatory requirements too. As ESG pressures and the need for transparency increases, many companies are setting internal sustainability goals to meet regulatory mandates or customer or shareholder demands.

“But rather than setting goals of 25 per cent recycled content by 2025, PakTech enables businesses to use 100 per cent recycled content today. We’re incredibly excited by this potential, and joining an Australian market. There’s work still to be done, but we’re humbled to be able to play our part.”

PakTech handles are made from 100 per cent recycled HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a Type 2 polyethylene thermoplastic.

Since using 100 per cent recycled material, the company said almost one billion milk jugs have been recycled, 120 million pounds of plastics saved from landfills and oceans, and almost 50 acres of land saved from landfill waste by repurposing recycled containers into PakTech products. 

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